At the end of June, the agricultural industry is losing five members of the Iowa State agricultural and biosystems engineering faculty.

The five have served a combined 127 years. They are Stu Melvin, 34 years; Dwaine Bundy, 31 years; Jim Baker, 31 years; Jeff Lorimor, 22 years; and Graeme Quick, nine years. They are experts in water and air quality, manure management, sustainable agriculture systems and machinery.

That work will continue with the same team approach, while the department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering maintains the focus of research established by the retiring faculty but also will move toward biological engineering, or using biology for engineering applications.

ISU has hired new faculty to fill the positions.

  • Jacek Koziel, an assistant professor at Texas A&M University and adjunct professor at West Texas A&M University, will be involved in air quality.
  • Lie Tang, assistant professor in the Department of Agrotechnology and Food Sciences at Wageningen University, The Netherlands, will work in the advanced machinery engineering area.
  • Robert Burns, associate professor in the biosystems engineering and environmental science department at the University of Tennessee, will focus on the environmental stewardship engineering area such as the design of manure management systems and nutrient management planning for livestock and poultry operations.

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